Slovakia faces gas supplies halved

A fifty per cent drop in Russian natural gas deliveries on October 1 put the Slovakian government on alert with Prime Minister Robert Fico comforting Slovak households and the corporate sector that undisrupted and smooth supplies of gas to cover their consumption is still guaranteed.

In mid-September supplies of Russian gas via Ukraine dropped by 10 to 20 per cent with Russian gas giant Gazprom citing technical issues behind the drop leaving observers who see a political message unconvinced.

Slovakia’s gas utility Slovenský Plynárenský Priemysel (SPP) reported an about 50 per cent drop in gas supplies and instantly purchased extra gas on the spot market to cover the daily consumption of its clients as well as fill the gas reservoirs, the TASR newswire reported.

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